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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Retrofitted Building in Madrid to Feature Stainless Steel Façade

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11 Jun 2018, Madrid, Spain

A 121-meter high-rise with 32 floors in Madrid is undergoing a major retrofit. The refurbished building will feature a new stainless-steel façade, while maintaining the original composition of the structure. Read more.


Portsmouth Residents to Leave Large Panel System Blocks Following Safety Concerns

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07 Jun 2018, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

The Portsmouth Council has made the decision to move all 800 residents out of two 18-story apartment blocks, Leamington House and Horatia House, after structural surveys revealed the concrete was not as strong as expected. Read more.


Dubai's Address Downtown Opens Doors After Two-Year Closure

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04 Jun 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The 63-story Address Downtown has completed renovations and reopened, after a fire damaged the building in 2016. The revamped hotel features a new interior, additional rooms and suites, and a lounge bar on the top floor. Read more.


Planned Observation Deck at Chicago’s Aon Center to Feature Thrill Ride

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15 May 2018, Chicago, United States

The owners of the Aon Center, Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper, unveiled plans for an observation deck atop the building that would include a thrill ride called Sky Summit. A new elevator tower would raise the official height of the building. Read more.


London’s Barbican Rooftop Conservatory to be Overhauled

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14 May 2018, London, United Kingdom

The City of London gave permission for the overhaul of the rooftop terrace of Cromwell Tower, a Brutalist tower built in 1973. City planners decided that the changes would not alter the distinctive silhouette of the tower. Read more.


London’s Grenfell Tower Refurbishment Fueled Fire, Draft Report Claims

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17 Apr 2018, London, United Kingdom

A report commissioned by the Metropolitan Police Investigators in London found that the recladding of Grenfell Tower failed to meet standards set out in the building regulation covering fire safety, and therefore helped spread the fire. Read more.


Automaker May Buy Detroit’s Abandoned Michigan Central Station

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22 Mar 2018, Detroit, United States

An automaker is in discussion to purchase the dilapidated Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. A redevelopment of the depot would be one of the most expensive local undertakings in recent history. Read more.


Japan’s Tallest Building Unveils Open-Air, Rooftop Attraction Overlooking Osaka

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09 Mar 2018, Osaka, Japan

An open-air attraction atop Japan’s tallest building, the 300-meter Abeno Harukas building, has been unveiled. Called “Edge at Harukas,” the sky deck provides views of Osaka from a 20-meter-long ledge where visitors are tethered to the building. Read more.


Investment Firm Consolidates Four Sites for Major Brisbane Development

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01 Mar 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A proposal for the refurbishment of three buildings and construction of a 39-story tower has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council by developer Cardno on behalf of the Queensland government’s investment arm. Read more.


Detroit’s Leland Hotel to be Renovated

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29 Jan 2018, Detroit, Untied States

The former Leland Hotel in downtown Detroit is expected to undergo a $120 million-plus renovation that will convert the building into a mix of 339 affordable and market-rate apartments and add a 650-space parking deck. Read more.


Detroit’s Monroe Blocks Project to Preserve National Theatre Façade

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03 Jan 2018, Detroit, United States

The developers of the Monroe Blocks project in downtown Detroit have released conceptual drawings for its proposed incorporation of the vacant National Theatre into their $800 million redevelopment. Read more.


Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel to Undergo Major Renovations in 2018

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06 Dec 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai will be shutting its doors for a few months next year while it undergoes major renovations from mid-May to early October 2018. The hotel will relaunch in time for its 21st anniversary celebration in December 2018. Read more.


Paris’ Tour Montparnasse Set to Receive "Green Makeover"

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20 Sep 2017, Paris, France

Following years of calls for a revamp, a French design studio has been selected to give the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper a green makeover. The project is slated to complete in time for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Read more.


North Korea Gives Makeover to World’s Tallest Unoccupied Building

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01 Aug 2017, Pyongyang, North Korea

After years of stalled construction, Pyongyang recently unveiled the newly renovated Ryugyong Hotel: a pyramid-shaped building that is both the capital's biggest landmark, and what is believed to be the world's tallest unoccupied building. Read more.


One Clearlake Centre Receives New Owner in West Palm Beach

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24 Jul 2017, West Palm Beach, United States

A real estate investment company has purchased One Clearlake Centre – an 18-story, 218,461-square-foot (20,300-square-meter) Class-A office tower. Renovations include new public spaces and multiple spec suites. Read more.


San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Sinks Another Inch But There Could be a Fix

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21 Jul 2017, San Francisco, United States

The Millennium Tower in San Francisco has sunk another inch in the past seven months, but on the brighter side, engineers have found a potential fix, which would entail drilling new piles down to bedrock from the building's basement. Read more.


Life Returns to Michigan Central Station in Detroit for First Time in Decades

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20 Jul 2017, Detroit, United States

For the first time in decades, a private event will be held in the long-vacant Michigan Central Station. Over $8 million has already been spent on renovations, and further construction is planned for the near future. Read more.


Ho Chi Minh City’s Thuan Kieu Plaza Receives Makeover, May Open Again This September

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28 Jun 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The 1999-built, three-tower Thuan Kieu Plaza complex is receiving a makeover. Locals reported seeing progress in an effort to rejuvenate the buildings, starting with a completely new coat of green paint on the exterior of each tower. Read more.


Seattle Space Needle Upgrades Depicted in New Renderings

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15 Jun 2017, Seattle, United States

A Seattle-based architecture firm has released new renderings of the firm’s proposed renovations for Seattle’s Space Needle, the most extensive upgrades undertaken in the structure’s 55-year history. Read more.


New York’s MetLife Building to Get New Logo

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09 Jun 2017, New York City, United States

MetLife will replace the massive letters on its eponymous high-rise with a brand new typeface. The installation of the new, more modern logo will be the first time the building’s sign has changed since 1993. Read more.


Chicago Developer to Convert Downtown Office Towers to Residences

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02 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

A Chicago developer is buying two vacant buildings on State Street from the federal government and plans to convert them into 429 apartments. Both buildings were built in the early 20th century. Read more.


New Renderings Revealed for First Domino Sugar Building as Construction Commences in New York City

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31 May 2017, New York City, United States

Development on the site of the former Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is moving along, with May 30 marking the launch of leasing at 325 Kent Avenue – the first building to open as part of the mega-development. Read more.


80 Collins Street to See Major Transformation in Melbourne

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31 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A transformation of 80 Collins Street, scheduled for completion in 2020, will comprise a new premium-grade office tower, a significant refurbishment of the existing tower, a boutique hotel, and an array of retail and F&B facilities. Read more.


Refurbishment Planned for Australia’s First Skyscraper in Sydney

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26 Apr 2017, Sydney, Australia

A development application has been submitted to refurbish a heritage-listed building in Sydney’s Circular Quay. The AMP Building, which opened in 1962, was Australia's first skyscraper and held the title as its tallest building until 1964. Read more.


New York’s Citicorp Center to Undergo Renovation

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28 Mar 2017, New York City, United States

Architects have revealed designs for a 200,000-square-foot (18,600-square-meter) renovation of the recently landmarked 601 Lexington Avenue, commonly known by its former title, Citicorp Center. Read more.


Redevelopment of Melbourne’s Historic Tea House to Include 39-Story Tower

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10 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

One of Southbank’s historic structures, The Robur Tea Building, is in line for a major new addition, with plans for a hotel and high-end apartments to be housed in a new 145-meter tower extending from its southern façade. Read more.


Singaporean Investors Purchase Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne

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08 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore-based investors have snapped up the 396-room Hilton South Wharf hotel in Melbourne for USD$174 million in the city's biggest hotel deal in 2017 so far. The hotel will be converted to a Pan Pacific within about three months. Read more.


Conceptual Design Revealed for Sirius Building in Sydney

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24 Feb 2017, Sydney, Australia

An Australian architecture studio has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the iconic Sirius building in Sydney. The firm proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to demolishing the brutalist social housing building. Read more.


Completion Date Announced for London’s Buckingham Green Refurbishment

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22 Feb 2017, London, United Kingdom

The developers behind the reworking of a 64-meter central London tower – renamed Buckingham Green – that was once the headquarters of Rolls Royce have announced that the scheme is on track to complete in 2018. Read more.


City Officials Reveal $500 Million Plans to Rejuvenate Chicago’s Willis Tower

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01 Feb 2017, Chicago, United States

City officials have released renderings of proposed improvements for Willis Tower, Chicago's tallest building. The $500 million plans include six floors of new retail, an outdoor deck, and a "winter garden." Read more.